PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB
2022 Yeck Road
Mailing Address and Contact Information:
GARY L HAM (President)
441 N Walnut
Versailles, IL 62378
Ph (217) 248-2687)
The SHPDT GUN CLUB was organized on September 1, 2015 by Steven W. Hall with Kenneth Scott III, Nathan Scott, and John Dixon as the advisory council.
Steven Hall – I have been shooting guns for over 52 years and since my retirement from almost 40 years at National Starch and Chemical in Meredosia, have been working to teach others how to shoot handguns and use them for recreational, as well as defensive purposes. I currently hold certification as a NRA Training Counselor in the disciplines of NRA Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the Home, as well as NRA Chief Range Safety Officer. I am also certified by the States of Illinois and Utah as a Concealed Carry instructor, and with United States Concealed Carry Association as an affiliate instructor. My goal is to continue my education in shooting and teaching handguns while, helping others learn to safely handle their firearms and hone their shooting skills.
John Dixon – I got my first gun, a 410 single shot shotgun when I was 25 years old. Since then, for the last 39 years I have collected a few more guns, hand guns, rifles, and shotguns. I enjoy learning about guns and the history that goes with them. I like to help others to enjoy safe shooting.
Kenneth Scott III – I have been around firearms and hunting as far back as I can remember. I received my first gun for 8th grade graduation and have been an active shooter and hunter ever since. My father taught me from a young age firearm safety and responsibility. I feel that education and training are vital to ensure the safety of the shooter in public.
Nathan Scott – Nathan has been around guns since he can remember. His father always taught him to respect guns and use safety when handling them. Nathan enjoys shooting and hunting. He believes that guns are vital to our safety and are good recreation. He believes that everyone needs to be educated on gun safety.
On June 13, 2017 the SHPDT GUN CLUB met and elected officers for the positions of: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chief Trainer, which comprise the club’s Executive Council. It was at that time that the name was changed to “PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB” (hereafter referred to as the Club).
The goal of PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB is to help shooters become educated in safe handling of firearms and to provide a place for practicing the things they learn in order to hone their shooting abilities.
The club offers a secure and safe environment by providing a more than adequate backstop to contain the bullets and an on-duty Certified Range Safety Officer.
We are family oriented and also desire to provide a place for family shooting activities. We hold classes and special shooting events for all age groups and customize shooting classes for groups, such as families, Church groups, senior citizens, etc.
The name of this organization will be PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB.
The purpose of this organization shall be the encouragement of safe shooting among members, with a view toward a better knowledge on their part of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further objective and purpose to promote the development of the characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance, which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.
- Anyone 21 years of age and over may become a member of PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB upon completion of the club application, payment of the usual initiation fees. A valid FOID card (if an Illinois citizen), and proof of having completed a handgun shooting safety course such as, Concealed Carry, NRA pistol, etc. One may also qualify by completing the club safety training program, which is offered by the club trainers and CRSOs. The course is 10 to 15 minutes long (depending on skill level of the shooter), and can be taken any time prior to shooting. An outline of the course is included at the end of this document, or upon request from the club president.
- Family memberships may be obtained at a discount from the individual fees and dues. However, the principal membership holder must meet the qualifications listed in item “1” above. When their children reach 21 years of age, they will then be obligated to obtain their own membership.
- The annual fee for individual memberships is $75.00.
- The annual fee for family memberships is $100.00.
- Dues are payable on or before April 1st of each year.
- Fees for those joining during the 2nd quarter (July – September) will be:
- Individual – $56.75
- Family – $75
- Fees for those joining during the 3rd quarter (October – December) will be:
- Individual – $37.50
- Family – $50.00
- Those who join the last quarter (January – March) will pay the full year’s dues and their membership will be good for that quarter plus the following new year.
- All fees are subject to change; however, any changes will only take effect on April 1st of each year. Members will be notified of any change prior to the time of membership renewal of each year.
- In addition to the fees stated above, the Club membership will also be responsible for all range maintenance, upkeep, and improvements.
Safety of life and property will be the number one priority of PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB. Any member whose conduct shall be decided, by a majority vote of the Executive Council, to have been dangerous, reckless or injurious to the interests and welfare of the organization and after having been cautioned by the on-duty RSO or other members, but refused to comply, shall be subject to expulsion from the organization. Upon a determination that a member’s conduct warrants expulsion, a Special Meeting of the Executive Council shall be called upon two weeks notice, giving the alleged offender an opportunity to be heard in his defense or in mitigation. Following such opportunity, the Council shall vote by ballot whether to terminate membership.
- The Executive Council is comprised of: The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Trainer, and the Land Owner(s).
- The Executive Council will hold the duty of helping to construct the Constitution, rules, and regulations of the PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB. They may also be called upon to aid in amendments and making decisions in other matters that affect the club or club members. CRSO members may also be called upon to aid in amending the Constitution as the Council sees fit.
- Use of the property is a privilege granted to the Prickly Pear Gun Club by the land owners, which at the present time are Steve and Brenda Hall. That privilege can be revoked at any time by the land owners if the Club fails to maintain, keep up, or improve the property according to the owners’ expectations.
- Neither the Prickly Pear Gun Club or anyone associated with the Club hold claim to any of SH Pistol Defense Training assets or property.
- In the event of dissolution of PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB, all assets, property, and equipment will remain with the property owners. No club member, officer, or anyone associated with the Club will hold any rights to the Club’s assets.
- In the event the club is dissolved, the yearly dues of members in good standing at the time of dissolution will be refunded to the members according to the number of months left in that fiscal year, which runs from April 1st to April 1st, starting at the 1st of the month following dissolution.
This space is for emergency amendments to the Constitution and Standard Operating Procedures.
The three “NRA Fundamental Rules for Safe Gun Handling” and the eight “NRA Rules for Using and Storing Guns” will be the basis for the rules and regulations on the property of PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB. All members and guests will be expected to abide by these rules
- Three NRA fundamental rules for safe Gun handling:
- ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
- Eight rules for using or storing a gun:
- Know your target and what is beyond.
- Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
- Know how to use the gun safely.
- Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
- Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
- Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
- Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
- Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
- Members using the range must be familiar with and obey all Local, State and Federal firearms laws.
- Members using the range must be familiar with and obey all range rules of PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB. It is understandable that mistakes happen and especially with new shooters there is a learning curve. The RSO on duty is experienced at watching for these things and is there to assist shooters in understanding and obeying the rules. If you have any questions regarding the rules, it is to the best interest of all involved to consult with the RSO on duty.
- Know where others are at all times. Shooting properly requires concentration on one’s safe gun handling. Part of safe handling is being aware of others in the vicinity and being sure they are not in harm’s way.
- Shoot only at authorized targets. This is covered more in depth in the “Site Specific Range Rules.”
- Be familiar with common gun and ammunition malfunctions and how to correct them. Keep the gun under control in the dominant hand and pointed down-range at all times.
- Never lay a loaded gun down until the problem has been corrected by either the shooter or RSO on duty and it is cleared and declared unloaded.
- Never stand on the firing line or handle a gun while others are down-range. All shooters will be in the “Ready” or “Spectator” area.
- Stop shooting immediately when the command “Cease Fire” is given. Anyone on the range can call this command if they believe unsafe conditions exist. It is always best to err to the side of right and call “Cease Fire” if one deems it necessary.
- No food or beverages are allowed on the firing line. The only things allowed at the firing line are the gun you are shooting and the ammunition for that gun. Range bags, cases, and all other items including additional guns and ammunition, are to be kept on the shelf in the ready area.
- Only Instructors, RSOs, and approved shooters are allowed in the shooting shelter when the range is hot.
- No one under the age of 21 is allowed in the shooting shelter unless they are in training with a club-recognized trainer or by permission from a (C)RSO or land owner.
- The range is for use of concealable handguns (as defined by Illinois Concealed Carry Act) and 22 LR rim fire rifles. Handguns of any caliber may be used. However, remember, bullets not contained in the backstop always create a dangerous situation and hold the potential of causing severe injury or death to anyone outside of the range limits.
- No fully automatic guns are allowed on SHPDT property.
- Each Illinois citizen, member or guest over the age of 21 must have a valid FOID card in possession when using the range. Everyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or appointed guardian who is over 21 and possesses a valid FOID card. Per Illinois law, an Illinois Concealed Carry license will suffice for a FOID card.
- No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, nor anyone under the influence of same, are allowed on club grounds.
- To avoid fire hazards, there will be no smoking on SHPDT property unless you are in or at your vehicle and discard the butts in your vehicle’s ashtray. DO NOT DISCARD BUTTS ON THE GROUND OR IN TRASH RECEPTICLES.
- No hunting of any kind is allowed on club grounds.
- No tracer, incendiary, or armor-piercing ammunition, nor explosive devices other than standard ammo are allowed on club grounds. This includes all manner of fireworks.
- Rapid fire and drawing from the holster are only allowed in front of the shooting shelter AND when no one else is shooting, as long as the shooter is displaying competence, caution, and hitting the lower half of the berm with his shots. However, if deemed necessary, the shooter is obligated to obey the RSO in charge if he asks the shooter to slow down or cease the drawing and/or rapid-fire exercises.
- No four wheelers or other ATVs, dirt bikes, etc. are allowed on the grounds.
- Club members will be allowed to bring a guest to the range; however, each non-member guest must have a valid FOID card (if 21 years of age or older), fill out a “Risk Waiver”, and pay a $5.00 range usage fee (payable to the club) each time they attend with the club member. Members must accompany their guests and the club member will be responsible for their safety and conduct while on club grounds.
- Shooters must supply their own targets. One may also purchase targets from the club.
- Targets must be placed in such a manner that fired bullets will be stopped by the back-stop berm midway or below. The side berms and top half of the backstop berm serve only as safety precautions; they are not to be intentionally used to shoot into. No property or range construction, other than the backstop berm is to be intentionally hit with bullets.
- Targets may not be placed on the berms, but set on the ground immediately in front of the backstop berm or taped to the club-provided stands and in a position toward the center of the stand so the bullets will not be apt to strike the stand frame.
- The following types of targets are not allowed: glass, explosive containers, and any type of frangible target (materials that break into pieces when hit) that could cause damage to club or range equipment, environmental damage to club grounds (including litter), or personal harm to anyone on or in the vicinity of club grounds. The only metal targets allowed on the range will be those provided by the Club.
- Shooters must use eye and ear protection while in the shooting shelter. Anyone, including spectators within 30 feet of the shooting shelter must wear hearing protection. No spectators are allowed in the shooting shelter without express permission from the RSO in charge.
- No loaded firearms may be anywhere on the grounds other than at the firing line. The only exception is for concealed carry weapons, which can be carried, but must be kept holstered until at the shooting point. The only exceptions to this rule must first be cleared by permission from the CRSO, RSO, or other person in charge of the range.
- Open carry is allowed on the range property.
- Firearms must remain cased until on the firing line, where they can be properly uncased. The firearm must be cleared, declared unloaded, and properly cased or holstered (for concealed carry) before removing it from the firing line.
- It is EVERYONE’S responsibility to make sure the firing line is safe by having all firearms declared unloaded, magazines extracted from the gun and unloaded, slides locked back, laying on the booth table pointing in a safe direction, and everyone in or away from the “Ready Area” before ANYONE goes forward of the firing line, FOR ANY REASON. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- When anyone is forward of the “Firing Area” to inspect or set targets no firearms will be handled in any manner by any person.
- When finished shooting, the participants must clean up the range.
- All targets (including fragments) must be removed from the range and placed in the trash barrel or taken home for disposal.
- All empty ammunition cases must be picked up and placed in the range containers designated for the metal casings or taken home. DO NOT DISCARD AMMO CASINGS IN THE TRASH OR BURY THEM IN THE SAND. This is a safety issue.
- Leave the range in as good or better condition than it was when you arrived.
- There will be no shooting on the range unless an NRA certified RSO (Range Safety Officer) is present and the Range Safety Checklist deeming the range safe to use has been completed. The purpose for an RSO is to maintain organization and safety on the range. If one possesses NRA RSO certification, they may use the range at anytime without another RSO being present. The RSO class for previous students of SHPDT is significantly discounted (see fees below).
- For safety reasons, it is suggested (not mandatory) that there are at least 2 people present when shooting is being conducted on the range.
- There will be no automobiles north of the training building parking area. All automobiles will be parked at the training building and range bags carried to the range. The only exception is for the purpose of taking a shooter with a handicap to the shooting shelter.
- We must have records of range usage and an RSO on duty while shooting is going on. We will also need to unlock the gate and make sure the range is safe and ready for use. There is a “Sign In” sheet hanging in the shooting shelter. And everyone shooting must sign in.
- Members can use the range at the same time as others unless the range is rented out for that day. In the event the range is rented out for the day, only the one who rented the range and his guests will be allowed on the range. When a member rents the range, his guests are exempt from the $5.00 per visitor fee.
- SHPDT classes will have priority over scheduled shooting times. We will do our best not to have conflict of times, but in the event SHPDT is holding a class and need the range for shooting qualifications, the class holds precedence.
Example: A class qualification is scheduled for 1:00 pm. A club member wants to shoot at 3:00 pm. If the class has not completed their qualification by 3:00, the scheduled shooter will need to wait until the class finishes their qualification shooting.
- The cost of the 9-hour RSO course for non-members is $100.00 per person ($150.00 for husband and wife teams). The price for previous SHPDT students and club members is $75.00 (husband & wife $125.00).
- PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB administrative and operating personnel are not responsible for accidents, injury, and personal property theft or damage occurring on club grounds.
- All GUESTS must fill out a “Visitor Form” and sign and date a “Risk Waiver” each time they come to SHPDT property. Members will only need to sign one waiver per year, which will be at the time of dues payment. It may be possible that one may need to sign another if participating in a “SHPDT Special Event” or class.
- Combinations and/or keys to the gates will be distributed to volunteer Chief Range Safety Officers and RSOs. Sharing of combinations or duplication of any club key is not allowed. Keys to the club building will be distributed to the Club President and Vice President, and club members as needed.
- Club property must be respected and not intentionally damaged. Club property includes buildings, roads, trees, berms, range equipment, target frames, target supports or mechanisms, barrels, signs, all electrical equipment, etc.
- Club property may not be removed from club grounds.
- PRICKLY PEAR GUN CLUB will not be liable for members’ property left on the range. However, any club member damaging or removing others’ property from club grounds will be disciplined as if it were range property.
- Members should provide a valid email address, as most club communications are distributed through email or notices on our website.
- An up-to-date phone number is required for all members.
If a member observes any club range rule or regulation being violated, he is within his rights to call attention to the violation. However, it is in everyone’s best interest that it is done with respect. If the offender refuses to listen, the following steps should be taken:
- Write down the name of the violator(s) along with the date, time of day and a detailed description of the violation(s).
- Forward the information to the RSO and club president, who will evaluate the circumstances and determine if action should be taken.
- If the club president decides action should be taken in the matter, he will notify the executive council and hold a special meeting to get their input as to what, if any action should be taken.
- If any action is taken, the violator(s) will certainly have the opportunity to defend themselves if they so wish.
The purpose of the following emergency procedures is to experience less confusion, have better response time, and provide better care for a victim of an injury on the range. It will be the responsibility of the on-duty RSO to use his best judgment and follow this procedure. The RSO will:
- Take charge of the situation.
- Call “CEASE FIRE” if deemed necessary, in order to direct his attention to the injured
- Evaluate the seriousness of the injury
- Call “COMMENCE FIRING” if the injured does not require attention from the RSO
- Call for help if it is deemed necessary (Dial “911”, press “Call” button)
- If a firearm is involved in the injury, be the first one to call “911” and request police response.
- Give the location (2022 Yeck Road, Meredosia, IL 62665)
- Give your name and phone number
- Give the operator a description of the accident, number of people injured, the type of injuries, and the condition of the injured.
- Render Aid
- Determine the level of care and use the “RANGE FIRST AID KIT” if treatment can be done at the location.
- Treat the injured within the scope of your ability; do not attempt to go beyond the extent of your training when rendering assistance.
- Be familiar with and use the “GOOD SAMARITAN” law in treatment
- Direct Medical Responders to the injured
- Send someone to the gated range entry to direct the Responders toward the range
- Use as many people as needed to get the Responders to the injured ASAP
- Take Notes
- Take notes on the time, place, and actions that were taken
- Get statements from witnesses
- Complete the “RANGE INJURY REPORT FORM” – complete this form for ANY and ALL injuries no matter how minor it may be.
- Give the reports to the Club President and Property Owner(s) (Steve or Brenda Hall)
New shooters at the Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Range must demonstrate the following skills prior to shooting at the range. This can be accomplished by either producing proof of having taken a club recognized gun safety course (Concealed carry license, RSO certification, NRA handgun course certificate, etc.), or by taking the following gun safety course from a club trainer, CRSO, or range owner. Both the trainer and first-time shooters are to initial each step as it is completed and retained by the trainer for club purposes (the shooter may also request a copy if desired).
- State while demonstrating the three NRA fundamental rules for safe Gun handling:
- ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
- How to safely load and unload a pistol or rifle using the 3 rules of safe gun handling. THIS IS TO BE DONE WITH SNAP CAPS, NOT LIVE AMMO.
- Load the magazine.
- Visually and physically check the gun to make sure it is unloaded every time you pick it up and have another person verify that it is unloaded.
- Insert the magazine. If using a revolver, load rounds into cylinder.
- Chamber a round
- Remove the source of ammunition.
- Remove the round from the chamber.
- Lock the slide / bolt back.
- Visually and physically check the gun to make sure it is unloaded and have another person verify that it is unloaded.
- Bench the gun pointed in a safe direction with the opening up.
- How to safely grip a pistol (semi-automatic and revolver).
- Dominant and support hand positions.
- Both thumbs are placed on the same side of the pistol.
- How to safely aim a pistol.
- How to safely fire a pistol (trigger control).
- What to do if a problem arises.
- How to handle a stoppage
- How to handle a stoppage
- Squib load
- Emergency (follow the club’s emergency procedures)
- Under direction of the trainer or CRSO, the shooter is to fire 5 rounds of ammunition at a target following the above safety procedures.
The trainer and shooter both attest that the above pre-requisites for shooting on the Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Range have been met.
Shooter’s signature: __________________________________________
Trainer’s Signature: _________________________________________